How many people take being able to walk for granted? Be honest do you ever think how lucky you are to be able to walk even if you can’t walk far? There is a woman who goes to BI group I go to who has been in wheel chair for last few years since having a stroke. Before this she was quite active. Last year she managed to get out of wheel chair and walk a bit, she had hoped to walk across the Humber Bridge this February but she was having problems with lifting her legs to walk so now is waiting for an operation in hope she will be able to walk again but no garentees it will work.
She is such a lovely woman who always wishes people well and never moans about anything. She does miss out on quite a bit (not sure if she would want to do stuff she misses) but even a trip we had last week that was suitable for everyone to a park she didn’t go but there were things she wouldn’t have been able to do like going on a splash boat and on a train round park. The staff do everything they can to include everyone in everything. But short of being able to make her able to walk there isn’t anything they can do about most things.
I would normally never have given a thought to anyone in wheel chair not in nasty way but if you not been in that situation you don’t no what it’s like. I was in wheel chair for few week after my accident and that was bad enough I hated it. Things you take for granted I needed to ask someone to help me with. It’s hard to get used to having to ask someone to help you get a bath or into bed or take you to toilet. Since I was in wheel chair I think how lucky I am to be able to get up and do stuff for myself and I know if I had to rely on being in wheel chair I wouldn’t be able to do anything that I do now including going to the BI group.